Trinity Mirror pays out over phone hacking

British newspaper group Trinity Mirror will pay financial compensation to 10 phone hacking victims, after admitting that it hacked the voicemails of 10 celebrities.

The group, which publishes the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, will pay compensation to actor Shane Ritchie, actresses Shobna Gulati and Lucy Benjamin, and BBC executive Alan Yentob – who all had their phone messages intercepted.

Trinity Mirror also said that it has settled and agreed to compensation payments for former English football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, actor Christopher Eccleston, the former nanny of David and Victoria Beckham, Abbie Gibson, former football player Garry Flitcroft, agent and manager Phil Dale, and the wife of Shane Ritchie, Christie Roche.

According to reports, there are 19 more claims registered at the High Court and “another 10 claimants have indicated they will bring proceedings against Trinity Mirror”.

In a statement, Mirror Group Newspapers said that “the company today confirms that its subsidiary MGN Ltd has admitted liability to four individuals who had sued MGN for alleged interception of their voicemails many years ago.

“MGN has apologised to those individuals and agreed to pay compensation. The amount of that compensation will be assessed by the court if it cannot be agreed.”

The BBC has reported that the company is believed to have put aside £8m-£9m for the settling of phone hacking claims and legal costs and that phone hacking at the newspaper group could have begun as early as 1998.

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